Playing in Dallas got harder late in Ott’s nine year-run. The once-proud franchise has missed the postseason four straight years. In September, the Stars filed for bankruptcy and were later sold at an auction.
“I’ve seen a lot of people come and go there over the last five years there because of the whole ownership issues,” Ott said.
Ott doesn’t believe he’ll experience something similar in Buffalo.
“What a first-class place to be able to play now,” he said.
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said center Travis Turnbull, a restricted free agent who played his first three NHL games last season, likely won’t be back.
“We have not spoken with Travis, in part because of a shift of some other needs in Rochester,” he said. “We’re beginning to fill up there. I won’t say he’s off the page, but there are probably some other needs ahead of what he provides.”
The Sabres summoned Turnbull when they needed some toughness.
The 14-year, $110 million offer sheet Philadelphia laid on Nashville defenseman Shea Weber hardly surprised Regier.
Would the Sabres ever give such a long contract?
“Those are things that do get discussed, and they were discussed,” Regier said. “They were discussed with the parties, internally and externally. You have those conversations.”
CBC.ca reported “it’s believed” the Sabres offered Zack Parise and Ryan Suter, two coveted free agents who signed with Minnesota, $100 million each.
“I’ll have to leave that as a report,” Regier said. “I’m not going to comment.”
Regier doesn’t think huge contracts being offered as the NHL asks the NHLPA for concessions in a new collective bargaining agreement is “in any way it’s hypocritical.”
“The clubs are going to compete for players,” he said. “They’re going to play within the rules. Those offers are within the rules. I think it’s a microcosm of a bigger picture. But I certainly we’re very supportive of the league’s on that proposal.”
Ott will wear Roy’s old No. 9, his number growing up. May 9 is also his daughter’s birthday. He wore No. 29 in Dallas.